Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Corporate M&A (International & Cross-Border) Department

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What the team is known for Long-term, concerted international expansion from Cleary Gottlieb's US base has enabled the firm to become one of most globally recognised brands in numerous areas of international law. The firm's broad office network incorporates established teams stationed across key financial and political centres in the US, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Providing cross-border expertise across transactional, regulatory and contentious areas, it gathers wide acclaim for its role leading significant transatlantic mandates, often through close co-ordination between its US base and deeply entrenched European teams, notably in the UK and France.

With a well-established presence in the London market, the firm offers strong cross-border M&A capabilities, and the London office frequently collaborates with colleagues across its strong European network of offices including a prominent role on Eastern European transactions. The London team also often links with the firm’s New York headquarters to serve clients on their M&A requirements in and out of the US, both driving and receiving transatlantic mandates. The firm represents sovereign entities, financial institutions and multinational corporates, often co-ordinating work from London and holds a stellar reputation for its leading global antitrust practice.

Strengths Clients praise the firm’s global reach and project management capabilities in M&A. One client describes the firm, talking about its performance across M&A and GDPR matters, as a "leading law firm employing high-calibre lawyers," adding: "The firm has a large geographical reach and covers all legal aspects and domains we could require." Another client says: "We see them as our international deal counsel" due to the firm being "suited to international deals because of their foreign offices."

The London team also wins praise from a client involved in a large joint venture in Eastern Europe, specifically for providing "full scope legal due diligence together with local counsel." The client goes on to say "They are an excellent, high-quality team with a solution-orientated approach to helping us get the transaction completed."

Notable practitioners

Tihir Sarkar represents a stable of multinationals and sovereign wealth funds in high-end international M&A and investments. He is particularly active on emerging markets deals.